If you use Chrome, Google can use a network protocol for tracking and ad delivery that can't be seen or blocked by extensions. TL;DR: You really shouldn't use a web browser made by an ad company.

"AdBlock Plus, uBlock Origin, and other extensions cannot block QUIC requests. Recommended best practice is to disable QUIC from the chrome://flags/ URL."


@Endo I am probably switching back to Firefox fully. But Edge is fine if you shut off literally every single tiny bloody option Microsoft has to sync or share data with them.

@ocdtrekkie Firefox also reports back. Ubuntu doesn't stop their app store from doing that too.

@Endo Firefox telemetry is extremely easy to disable with a single setting. And Mozilla doesn't have conflicts of interest like... operating an advertising company built entirely around collecting data about you.

@ocdtrekkie How do you think that Mozilla pays it's engineers?

Also, why are users supposed to use a measurably inferior and less secure product? I know the types of data Google wants me to disclose and it doesn't include ransomware.

I am pretty sure a security fail (e.g., your advice to use Edge, a very insecure browser ATM) is more expensive than a small amortized and minimal privacy cost.

Especially when the only damages people conceive from these are notional.

@Endo Almost every user I've ever supported on Chrome has malicious browser extensions... They're right in Google's own store! The least secure browser is Chrome. Edge is literally impossible to exploit in the same way right now, every extension is hand approved by actual people. Google is too easy to game.

Mozilla's telemetry is easy to disable, Google's is not.

@ocdtrekkie Also, Firefox was out last year because it was regarded as so insecure as to not actually be worth prize money.

@ocdtrekkie But yes, "Actually patching major flaws discovered at reputable competitions" _is_ sadly an improvement for Firefox.

I agree, that is depressing.

@Endo Bear in mind, you're arguing from the position of defending a company with an operating system it does not effectively patch. ;)

Android 7.1 is on 0.4% of devices.

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